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Arabic In-Country Language Program
Manah, Oman (Outgoing Program)
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|Deakin Faculty:||Faculty of Arts & Education||Program Type:||Faculty Led Study Tour|
|Language of Instruction:||Arabic||Credit Weighting:||2 Credit Points|
|Credit Type:||Undergraduate||Housing Options:||On Campus|
|OS Help Available:||Yes||Scholarships Available:||Yes|
Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers
The Arabic In-Country Program is conducted under the auspices of an agreement between Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers, in Manah, Oman, and the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.
Deakin University offers an eight-week intensive Arabic language and culture program at Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers in Oman. Units offered are at the second and third year levels (AIB205 and AIB306). Deakin students receive two credit points for successful completion of these units. Students from other universities should discuss the issue of accreditation with their respective home institutions.
Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab state located in the south-eastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Its land borders are with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Oman controls a small area on the Musandam Peninsula which extends into the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Oman's coastline is more than 3000km long with a coastal plain up to 19km wide. The extreme south-western Governorate, Dhofar, is fertile with a rainy season.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said has ruled Oman since 1970. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and embarked on economic reforms and boosted spending on health, education and welfare.
Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers
Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers was established in 2012. The Collge is located in Manah Province, a small town about 180km from Muscat. Manah has a population of approximately 12,000 people. Manah borders the famous historical city of Nizwa, the capital of Oman in the 6th and 7th centuries. Today it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oman.
In-country Program Dates
The Arabic In-country Program is expected to commence on Sunday 20 November 2016 and concludes on Thursday 12 January 2017
The teaching program will be eight weeks in duration, and classes will meet five days a week; Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Satuday are the weekend in Oman. The academic program, which includes language instruction in modern standard Arabic, as well as the Omani dialect, is structured over an average of four contact hours per day. A total of 160 contact hours (120 hours of MSA and 40 hours of Omani dialect). The program is designed to further develop students’ conversational skills, as well as their written, reading and comprehension skills.
Complimentary and Cultural Program
Additionally, a comprehensive cultural program, which is designed to complement the academic program and enrich the overall educational experience will be offered. This includes:
- Language Partner Programs (32 hours)
- Arabic calligraphy (6 hours)
- Evening seminars on Omani society and culture (3 seminars)
- Cultural afternoon
Four day Guided Tours
- Visit to Nizwa Forte and Market and Falaj
- Visit to Bahla and AL-hamra
- Visit to AL-Jabel Al-Akhdar
Two two-day excursions with overnight stay
- Visit to the Sharqiyah North Governorate and overnight sleep and visit to the Sharqiyah South
- Visit to Muscat. This includes visit to the Great Mosque, Sultan Qaboos Opera House, a tour in Muscat Province and a visit to some museums and Souq Matrah
Students will be accommodated in the college Guest House in twin-share rooms. All rooms have their private bathrooms and toilets. The rooms are fully furnished. Three meals a day are included in the accommodation package. The Guest House includes two fully equipped gyms, kitchen, washing machines and 24 hour internet access throughout the Guest House (including the rooms).
Students are required to provide 2 visa photos and a copy of their passport at least 4 weeks by Monday 15th July, 2016.
All students undertaking the Arabic in-country program will be covered by Deakin Insurance for the duration of the program. If you are planning to extend your travel you will be required to purchase insurance covering the additional period of time. This can be organised by Deakin Insurance.
Please note that the final cost of the program fee is determined by the exchange rate, therefore you need to be aware that if the exchange rate goes up/down, you will be either asked to make an additional payment, or alternatively receive a refund at the time of making the final payment to our host institution in Oman.
The total cost of the accommodation and activities is $1150* based on a shared room and includes the following breakdown of expenses:
Accommodation for duration of the program (2 months) in a twin share room, including 3 meals a day $150.
Extra-Curricular Activities - 3 guided day Tours - Free
2 overnight excursions – Accommodation and meals (dinner and breakfast) $430
Free Airport transfer from and to the airport (based on group arrival) – Free
Daily Transport from the Guest House to the College and return - Free
Registration & Placement Test $110
Travel Insurance – Free (for the duration of the program only).
Group Christmas dinner $60
Internet Access – Free
Faculty Administration Fee $400
Visa Fee – Free*The above fees are based on the exchange rate as of 30 May 2016 and may change subject to exchange rate fluctuation.
We have been fortunate to obtain a very competitive group airfare from Reho Travel on Thai Airways. The total cost of a return flight Melbourne – Muscat – Melbourne is $1725.
Please note that all students are required to travel as a group from Melbourne but you are not required to return home as a group. You may return at a date of your own choice after the completion of the program.
Expected departure date: 17 November 2016
Total cost of the program is (not including unit cost):
- Flight: $1725
- Accommodation, meals, transport, cultural program and other activities: $1150
Please note: the Arabic In-Country program units, AIB205 and AIB306, attract normal tuition fees. For Commonwealth-supported students, this will appear on your HECS statement. International fee-paying students will receive an invoice for payment.
A number of scholarships are available for Arabic In-country Program this year. These are competitive scholarships ($1000 each) and will be available to students to apply for them in August/September.
• Faculty of Arts and Education Scholarships – 6 ($1000 each)
• School of Humanities and Social Sciences – 10 ($1000 each)
Further details about these scholarships and the application process will be announced in due course.
Applications Close: Sunday 17th July, 2016
Deposit to Reho payment due: TBC
Compulsory all-day pre-departure session: 1st week of October TBC
Deakin Abroad session: Session times
For further information regarding academic matters, please contact:
A/Professor Hakeem Kasem
Arabic In-Country Program Director
(03) 9244 3915
For further information regarding administrative matters, including enrolment, travel, payments, etc, please contact:
Ms Sarah White
Waurn Ponds campus
(03) 5227 2693
• A minimum number of 16 students is required for the program to run
• Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
• The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50 % cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty
* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program